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Registered Office: 

Leaps and Bounds

4 Oak Avenue,

Christchurch,

Dorset,

BH23 2QD

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How long does a session take?

Initial appointments usually take 1-1.5 hours for horses and 45-60 minutes for dogs. Follow up sessions usually take 45-60 minutes for horses and 30-45minutes for dogs. This will depend on the animals requirements and what treatments are being used. Charges apply per session not the minute. 

How will Physiotherapy help my pet?

Physiotherapy works by assisting in the recovery of musculoskeletal or neurological conditions. It aims to improve the mobility, relieve pain, promote independence and enhance the wellbeing of your pet. As a qualified physiotherapist I utilise current practices to provide up-to date physiotherapy promoting a holistic approach to your pet's condition. If you have had physiotherapy yourself then you will already have a greater understanding of how it works by providing a full assessment and treatment programme developed uniquely for the condition, the same applies to your pet.

How often will my pet need to be seen?

Treatment programmes are developed to the individual patient and situation. Frequency of sessions will depend on your pets condition and presentation (if acute or chronic). You will be fully informed as to the expectations with treatment and recovery time expected and also how you may be able to assist your animals recovery with an exercise programme.

What do I need to have ready when you come to see my pet?

Under UK law, anyone treating a animal who is not a veterinary surgeon needs to obtain veterinary permission before doing so. Therfore please get vet clearance before your session. A copy of our vet referral form can be found by clicking here. 

For our equestrian clients a clean dry horse is ideal. In winter if their legs are particular muddy it maybe a good idea to hose them off. Dont worry your horse does not need to be spotless just the worst of the mud off. During the dynamic assessment the therapist may require (if it is appropriate for your horse) to see it being ridden so be prepared to ride. The therapist may also wish to asses your horses current tack on the horse.

When will I notice an improvement?

Sometimes there is an immediate notable improvement. Sometimes it can take a few sessions depending on what is wrong with the animal and how long it has been going on for. Unless a direct trauma or accident the majority of soft tissue issues are accumulative which can result in them taking some time before they improve. Owners are usually given follow on exercises that can help aid in the recovery and maintenance progress between sessions.

Can I work my horse or walk my dog after a session?

In healthy and sound horses exercise is usually recommended after treatment and in these cases they can be ridden. It is best to keep the session nice and easy hacking out or a light schooling session is ideal. If you don’t have time to ride it is usually recommended to walk the horse in hand within a few hours after the session.

The therapist will discuss with you any follow up exercises when they come out to see you and your horse.
If you have a competition coming up, it is best to try and book your appointment at least a week before.

How do I claim through my insurance?

You are encouraged to speak directly with your insurance provided on the validity of each claim. If your pet is insured for physiotherapy, we can process the claim on your behalf. Please ask a member of staff for advice. 

How much does it cost?

Initial appointment: £60

Follow-up appointments: £55 equine and £40 canine

Please contact us regarding other species.

 

Please note extra charges may apply for travel. Payment is due at the time that services are rendered. Discounts are available for pre-paid therapy packages and / or group bookings.